1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Billy Idol Returns With His Highest-Debuting Album

    October 31, 2014 6:28 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Slipknot collected its second No. 1 album as .5: The Gray Chapter debuted at No. 1. The Roadrunner Records release sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of six new titles to debut in the top 10.…

  2. How the Upcoming Change in Digital Royalty Rates Will Alter How We All Listen

    October 31, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Big surprise: A huge gap exists between labels' and webcasters' proposed rates. It's not hyperbole to say the future of digital music in the U.S. -- or at least a great part of it -- rides on the outcome of the webcasting royalty rate proceedings now underway. What services…

  3. Orlando Jones, 'Sleepy Holloween Vol. 1': Exclusive Mixtape Premiere

    October 31, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Orlando Jones never ceases to surprise. In celebration of Halloween, the actor has releasesd his first mixtape, Sleepy Holloween Vol. 1. He collaborates with his DriveBy Entertainment partner, writer/producer Noam Dromi to create a 20-song project laced with relationship-heavy songs and…

  4. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West, the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack and Hype-Proofing Her Career

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise: guys in flip-flops and their tanned female counterparts lounge in the sunbaked quad, chatting about weekend plans, while dudes practice mixed martial arts…

  5. Live Nation Revenues Up in Third Quarter

    October 30, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Live Nation earnings releases are becoming predictable -- in a good way. Strong demand for concerts, continued gains in ticketing and growth in high-margin sponsorship and advertising revenue have the music behemoth's diversified business model running smoothly and on-target. Third…

  6. Gregg Allman Dismissed From 'Midnight Rider' Lawsuit

    October 30, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Sarah Jones' family drops lawsuit against three defendants. Lawyers for Sarah Jones ' family are dropping  Gregg Allman , Midnight Rider executive producer  Michael Lehman and the unfinished film's distributor Open Road Films from the civil lawsuit stemming from Jones'…

  7. Billboard Touring Awards Finalists Announced

    October 30, 2014 12:02 PM EDT One Direction, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, the Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Paul McCartney and the teams behind them to be honored at awards gala. Finalists for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards , including One Direction , Katy Perry , Justin…

  8. From Diddy to Alanis Morissette, These Musicians Have Turned Marathon Runners

    October 29, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Pop music and distance running aren't so different. Both reward tenacity, hard work, and the willingness to wear skimpy clothing and push your body to its physical limits. No wonder so many rock stars have done marathons. There are few athletic contests more badass than the 26.2-mile…

  9. New York Gets Its First Country Music Festival

    October 29, 2014 9:34 AM EDT The inaugural FarmBorough fest will be held June 26-28 on Randall's Island. Already booked acts include Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Brandy Clark and Randy Houser. Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment will partner for the first time in presenting…

  10. New Streaming Service Tidal Joins the Hi-Def Trend

    October 28, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Consumers' desire for high-quality audio will be further tested with Tidal, a music streaming service from Scandinavian company Aspiro, which launched today (Oct. 28) in the United States and the United Kingdom. Deezer Finally Coming to America on Sept. 15 The format and the audio…

  11. Twitter Revenue Up 114% in Q3, But No Mention of Music

    October 27, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Twitter's third-quarter earnings results showed continued growth in revenue and monthly active users, but there was little useful information for onlookers in the music industry. The San Francisco-based company posted net loss of $175.5 million on revenue of $361.3 million, up 114…

  12. Documentary Director Alex Gibney Tackles Frank Sinatra Film & Mick Jagger-Produced James Brown Project

    October 27, 2014 6:00 PM EDT When The Eagles were looking for a documentary filmmaker for their History of the Eagles , guitarist Glenn Frey says they went with director Alex Gibney because his work "jumped off the [screen] ... It was so riveting." Rewinding The Charts: Eagles' 'Hotel California&…

  13. Dee-1, Shura & Snoh Aalegra: Emerging Picks of the Week

    October 27, 2014 3:52 PM EDT Each week, Billboard offers a triple - play of tracks to check out that all debuted on the most recent Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Be sure to give them a listen, and check back next week for a new set of selections. "Against Us" – Dee-1 Lifting part of its hook…

  14. Watch Christina Bianco Do 25 Musical Impressions While Singing 'Forget You'

    October 27, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Happy Monday! Start your week off right with this video you didn't know you needed: Watch everyone from Norah Jones to Britney Spears to Julie Andrews cover Cee Lo Green 's hit "Forget You."  Okay, the voices are coming from musical impression master Christina Bianco …

  15. Corner Office: Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on Jack White, TV’s ‘Nashville’ Effect and Running the 'It' City

    October 27, 2014 10:14 AM EDT With the CMAs coming to town, Music City’s chief executive talks tax incentives, TV’s 'Nashville' effect and why Jack White matters. Karl Dean , 59, can spit out music business stats like nobody’s business. He’ll tell you, for example, that the city he has governed since 2007…

  16. Hancock Honored at Jazz Benefit Concert at Apollo

    October 26, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Herbie Hancock enjoyed "A Great Night in Harlem" with a look to the past and the future as the legendary jazz pianist received a lifetime achievement award from the Jazz Foundation of America at a benefit concert at the historic Apollo Theater. Herbie Hancock Reveals Crack-Addict…

  17. Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Remembered at Harlem Memorial

    October 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A respectful and loving crowd filled the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 25) for a memorial service celebrating the life of Jimmy Scott . Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88 The beloved jazz singer, who passed away on June 12, 2014, at the age of 89,…

  18. Jack Bruce Remembered by Fellow Bassists and Musicians on Social Media

    October 25, 2014 2:03 PM EDT As news broke of Cream bassist Jack Bruce ’s death on Saturday (Oct. 25) at the age of 71, the music world paid tribute to the virtuoso bassist, bandleader, songwriter and singer on social media. Jack Bruce, Cream Bassist, Bandleader and Solo Musician: An Appreciation “It is with great…

  19. SoundCloud Has Reached Critical Mass – Now It Has to Make Money

    October 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT The world’s biggest audio-streaming service is coping with the biggest growing pain of all: how to make a buck. Like many digital start-ups, SoundCloud -- the world’s largest audio-streaming service -- built a seamless user experience before figuring out how to make money with it. Now the…

  20. Microsoft Had a Big Week in Music, Dropping Streaming and Charging Next to Nothing for Albums

    October 24, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Microsoft has changed its music strategy yet again. The company announced this week its plan to shut down the free, advertising-based version of Xbox Music Pass subscription service in order to focus on paid subscriptions and downloads. Xbox Music Pass will be discontinued on December 1st…

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